Online universities offer numerous degree programs ranging from certificates to associates degrees to even doctoral degrees. Here's an explanation of the different types of online degrees:
- Most online certificate programs offer certification in a variety of different professional fields, including business, medical, education and psychology fields. Unfortunately, certificate program costs and length depend on the certificate being offered.
- Online associate degrees typically take two years or less to earn, and pricing is based on a per credit basis. Generally, students are required to take a wide range of courses, such as English and mathematics, as well as degree requirements and electives depending on their exact specialty. Students will be expected to take a minimum of 60 credit hours in order to earn an associate degree. Once an associate degree has been earned, individuals may earn a bachelor's degree with an additional 60 credit hours.
- Online bachelor's degrees generally take four years or slightly less to complete, and students have the choice of either earning a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts. Courses for online bachelor's programs are comprised of core requirements, major requirements, and electives. Once students have earned a bachelor's degree, they may progress to a master's program.
- Online master's programs allow students to pursue advanced degrees in a wide range of areas, including administration, education, psychology, and health. Generally, online master's programs take two to three years to complete, and sometimes students are required to write theses.
- Some online universities even offer students the opportunity to complete doctoral degrees online. While certain degrees cannot be completed, like an M.D., most students are able to pursue Ph.D.s in the following fields: Psychology, engineering, education, public health and business.